Week Recap – So. Many. Bakes!

Gooood Morning!

(This post is from back in March… whoops) The past week and a half have been SUPER busy with baking and visiting family. I pushed myself pretty hard this week, in terms of doing different things that I have not tried before.

girl or boy?

I was honored to make a gender reveal cake for a friend. They wanted it to be vanilla, so I spruced it up with some sprinkles for 2 layers of funfetti and made the middle layer the color of the gender. This was a really fun experience! They sent me video of their family watching them cut the cake and then the celebration after the reveal. I loved this!

And then I made a magical treat called a Dacquoise. I had never heard of it before but decided to take a crack at it since the theme of this year has been pushing my boundaries! My family said this was the best thing that I had ever made, if that gives you any context… It was amazing.

It is layered hazelnut meringue with espresso buttercream and dark chocolate ganache. Compared to the recipe picture mine is a little sloppy but I just went for it, I am sure if I tried again and spent the allotted time on it (8+ hours…), it would have been just as clean cut as theirs. And by theirs I mean America’s Test Kitchen, as always, using their easy to follow recipes and videos makes these complex bakes less intimidating.

Chocolate Espresso Dacquoise

And lastly were some blueberry lemon muffins! I thought these would be a walk in the park… But they gave me a run for my money. The first recipe I tried was off Sally’s Baking Addiction, it was a base muffin batter and you could add things as you pleased. For the lemon blueberry option, it had me add the juice of 1 whole lemon while the other options just said add chocolate chips or craisins. The additional liquid made me nervous, but I just went with it… And they came out flat and disappointing. I tried one and it was just okay and definitely not presentable at all.

So I landed on America’s Test Kitchen again… I swear I will branch out next week! These were primarily blueberry muffins but had a lemon sugar crunch on top which was divine. Again, my family enjoyed these!

I am not a huge fan of baking cups, so I just greased the muffin tin and they came right out!

I will be starting to bake again tomorrow for a baby shower that is on Sunday. I have a lot of work ahead of me, so I have reinforcements coming in, Ma and Tatum to the rescue! I will post another blog next week about my bakes and all the fun that was had.

Have a splendid weekend my friends!

Love, Tasman

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